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Doomsayers: Anglo-American Prophecy in the Age of Revolution (Early American Studies)
by Susan Juster
The age of revolution, in which kings were dethroned, radical ideals of human equality embraced, and new constitutions written, was also the age of prophecy. Neither an archaic remnant nor a novel practice, prophecy in the eighteenth century was rooted both in the primitive worldview of the Old Testament and in the vibrant intellectual environment of the philosophers and t ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by University of Pennsylvania Press
(first published June 2003)
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This is a fascinating book on the 18th and 19th century prophets of doom, and how this particular "fringe" religious figures attempted to construct a world of legitimate mystic and apocalyptic Christianity. So far I have found Juster's book to be great in utilizing sources and individuals for whom I had not been familiar, and her use of social history and insights are extraordinarily sound. My only problem so far -- and it is a bit of a quibble -- at some times I think she draws a little too nea ...more